A delegation from the Government of Japan led by Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister, Iwao Horii and Masahiro Omura, Ambassador of Japan visited the Samabula Senior Citizens Home today.
Permanent Secretary Dr Koroivueta accompanied the delegation and met with Yu Takeuchi the JICA volunteer , who is servicing under the classification of Caring for the Elderly since July, 2016, and residents at the Samabula home.
The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Vuniwaqa says that this high level visit is a clear indication of the close friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and through the JICA volunteers, the Ministry continues to build capacities of caregivers in the homes for older persons.
“I want to thank the Government of Japan for providing the volunteers to work with the Ministry and I also applaud the work carried out by Yu Takeuchi during her two years of service at the senior citizens home”, Vuniwaqa commented.
“The Ministry continues to improve the level of comfort and services provided in the three State-Owned age care homes in Fiji. With cooperations with care giving institutions and partners, services to older persons will definitely be of higher quality”.
The Samabula Senior Citizens Home in Suva, Golden Age Home in Lautoka and Babasiga Ashram in Labasa have undertaken major service upgrade for the past two years.
Vuniwaqa also said that the Ministry was grateful to receive the delegation with whom they have had some fruitful discussions regarding further improvements to the old age homes.
Currently, there are 30 staff and 58 residents at the Samabula Senior Citizens Home in Suva.